There has been an awakening in the Star War franchise. Have you felt it? Three years after the franchise last visited movie theaters with the divisive Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, plans may finally be afoot for the next big screen outing set in a galaxy far, far away, from a couple of creators already familiar to genre fans.
According to reports — initially broken by Deadline, and later supported by other outlets — Lost, The Leftovers and HBO’s Watchmen miniseries showrunner Damon Lindelof is developing a new Star Wars movie that he will co-write with an as-yet-unnamed partner, with Ms. Marvel director Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy attached to the project as well.
Any further details about the movie are unknown, including what era of the franchise it would be set in, or what story it would tell.
Currently, Disney has two Star Wars films in its release schedule, dated for December 2025 and December 2027, respectively; both are untitled on the schedule.
Since the release of Rise of Skywalker, Star Wars’ future as a movie franchise has been in flux. Originally, the cinematic future of the series was intended to be a trilogy of movies headed up by Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and DB Weiss, who signed onto the project in February 2018 before departing 18 months later, reportedly in part because of the “toxic fandom” of the franchise.
In the aftermath, a number of projects have been officially announced — including a new trilogy from Rian Johnson, director of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, a Rogue Squadron movie directed by Patty Jenkins, and a movie co-written and directed by Taika Waititi — in addition to others not officially confirmed by Lucasfilm, but reported by reputable outlets, including one headed up by Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige. However, progress on all of these projects is believed to have stalled for various reasons.
In contrast, during the past three years, Star Wars has emerged as a fan-favorite property on Disney+, with The Mandalorian, The Book of Boba Fett, The Bad Batch, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Andor all receiving praise from fans and critics alike, leading many to wonder if the true home of the franchise laid in the streaming world rather than the movie theater. Whether the news of the Lindelof/Obaid-Chinoy project will change that — if it can escape the unfortunate fate of earlier announced projects — will be something many will be paying attention to over the next few years.
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